The Theme Of Death In Ode To A Nightingale

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Register to read the introduction… The lines passionately describe the misfortunes and sorrows attached to human life. Indeed, the world is filled with sickness, weariness, lost hope and human suffering in general. Ode to a Nightingale is a touching expression of death because Keats wrote it when he was struggling with an overwhelming sense of life’s tragedy. He also appeared to be pessimistic, expressing his own impending death, noting that everyone around him that he loves was dying. The personal yet human character expressed by the speaker outlines the poet’s sense of tragedy attached to human life as well as his sense of personal weariness and suffering. The theme of death acts as a groundwork for the introduction of nightingale’s immortality. Though the speaker attains this by referring to the bird as being immortal, he realizes that as a human he cannot attain such and that is when he comes back to …show more content…
His unique representation of mortality and immortality is evident throughout his poems, specifically in Ode to a Nightingale, a poem that he wrote while in deep sorrow. Death became an important topic for him because Keats knew that death was eminent, noting that his own mother died as a result of tuberculosis. It is this emotional and physical hurting that put the poet in despair and in contrast with a happy singing nightingale. As a result of this, Keats was sensitive to the topic of life and death and this is why he described the immortal world. Ode to a Nightingale is one of Keats’s longest odes and is often considered the most personal, with its reflections on death and the stresses of …show more content…
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